John Coletta

The Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of former captain, John Coletta. A member of the PE staff at the School, and a strong-running centre, John captained the Club in season 1966-67, and was influential in starting the Club’s direction towards the force it has since become. He was a 100% Rugby man and, after leaving Dundee, was a founder-member and committee man of Cumbernauld Rugby Club in 1970.

John’s funeral will take place at St Joseph’s Church, Cumbernauld on Thursday 21 November at 10.00.

We offer our sincere condolences to John’s family in their sad loss.

SRU Online Season Structure Consultation

Dear all

Please see the email below about the SRU Consultation on the Adult Male Season Structure, just received by us yesterday, and on which the SRU want the club’s reply by 17 November.

There will be an open discussion about this at Mayfield Clubhouse next Tuesday 12th November at 8.30pm, which all are welcome to attend and express their views. Following that, the club will submit its response. We apologise for the short timescale, which is not of our making!

Gerry Tosh, President

“Online Season Structure Consultation

Rugby Development department now seeks feedback from clubs on the set of recommendations created as a result of the information and views gathered so far.

Recommendations document – click here

• Feedback deadline is 17th November 2019.
• Feedback is sought on a club by club basis, with one submission per club permitted.
• Clubs are encouraged to consult with their players and coaches before providing feedback


In conjunction with the Scottish Rugby Council’s Standing Committee on Governance, 16 open club consultations workshops through May – October 2019 were held to gather views on the future of male adult season and competitions structures.

Workshop feedback has informed a set of recommendations for changes to season structure, league format, cup competitions, reserve team structures, development and retention programmes to improve the male adult game.

As part of the ongoing consultation process, the Rugby Development department now seeks feedback from clubs on the set of recommendations created as a result of the information and views gathered so far.

Once feedback has been gathered from member clubs, a final set of recommendations will be created and submitted to the Scottish Rugby Council’s Standing Committee on Governance for consideration.

Many thanks to clubs for their continued support to this process.

Sheila Begbie
Director of Rugby Development”

Annual 4 Nations Survey

Once again you have your chance to tell us how you feel about rugby at the grassroots level, as Scotland has joined the three other home nations in launching the third annual 4 Nations survey.

This year, all four home nation unions (RFU, IRFU, SRU and WRU) have combined to run one survey – the biggest community rugby union survey of it’s kind. Opened on 30 September, the survey focuses on four key areas aligned with the four pillars of the Rugby Development strategy:

Rugby Experience: Play
Player Welfare: People
Club Culture: Clubs and communities
Club of the Future: Collaboration and Innovation

Everyone with any involvement in rugby is encouraged to complete the survey and we would ask that you promote the survey within your club or school. As part of this survey, we will collect some information about you to help with our analysis. Please note that this data will be collected and used in line with GDPR guidelines and Scottish Rugby’s Privacy Policy.


An additional, broader survey about participation in sport created by sportscotland is also now open and again, we actively encourage you to also take part. CLICK HERE to take part in the sportscotland survey.

Thank you for your Support

Scottish Rugby

Volunteer Opportunity – Head of small fundraising

Volunteers are at the centre of all our Rugby activity across all 3 strands of our Club including our collaboration partners Morgan RFC. We have a new post we would like to fill in this regard.

Head of small fundraising.

This is an important new position that will seek to organise our ability to raise small amounts of money for all sorts of good projects. This would include the Mayfield Lotto, raffles, scratch cards, RWC type opportunities, six nations, online games and score casts. Hopefully lots more ideas!

If you have a couple of hours a week to donate to the development of Rugby in Dundee, the ability to organise and motivate a small team of fellow vols then please drop me an email –

Rugby in Dundee is changing. Come and be a part of it.

Gordon Stewart

Gordon Buchanan Stewart, Born 1937, educated Dundee High School. After National Service in the Royal Scots Borderers 1956 – 58 played a few games for the Club before settling in Edinburgh with a career in Insurance and played for Musselburgh Rugby Club. He then joined Currie Rugby Club and was a staunch committee man and became their President.

Gordon passed away on 10th September 2019. Funeral service Wednesday 25th September at 11 a.m. at Mortonhall Crematorium Main Chapel.